Tapas Pal was arrested by CBI officials after four hours of questioning on Friday. Image courtesy: YouTube Photograph:( Others )
Trinamool Congress MP from Krishnanagar constituency in India's eastern state of West Bengal, Tapas Pal, was arrested by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the Rose Valley chit fund scam for alleged money laundering.
Pal was arrested by CBI officials after four hours of questioning on Friday, when he appeared at the CBI office in state capital Kolkata's CGO Complex.
Sources in the CBI reveal that several inconsistencies had surfaced in his statements and he was not cooperating with the investigators. He is likely to be taken to Bhubaneswar for further questioning.
CBI had sent a notice to Pal on Tuesday to appear before them and give details of the transactions that took place when he was the director of the Films Division in the Rose Valley Group. He was also asked to produce documents of the transactions.
Earlier, his accountant was also questioned by the CBI.
Reacting to his arrest, Trinamool Congress spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP, Derek O’Brien vowed on Twitter the party would 'fight it out.'
"So now political atrocities against those opposed to #NoteBandi and with the movement. We will fight it out.”
So now political attrocities against those opposed to #NoteBandi and with the movement. We will fight it out— Derek O'Brien (@quizderek) December 30, 2016
What about BJP MP & Union Minister who performed for Rose Valley & was associated with them ? Are you arresting him tonight or tmrw?— Derek O'Brien (@quizderek) December 30, 2016
On the other hand, opposition parties welcomed the arrest of Pal and claimed that the noose would further tighten on other Trinamool Congress leaders. “Long awaited and much-delayed arrest,” said CPI(M) leader Md Salim.